Fans of psychological thrillers will be happy to know a new series is coming to Apple TV+ next month. Black Bird is based on the true crime memoir, In with the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption, by authors James Keene and Hillel Levin.
Inspired by true events, the story follows Jimmy Keene. He is the son of a high school football hero and decorated policeman, Big Jim Keene. When Jimmy is sentenced to 10 years in a minimum security prison he gets offered a choice – enter a maximum security prison for the criminally insane to befriend suspected serial killer Larry Hall, or stay where he is to serve his sentence with no parole. Jimmy needs to get a confession out of Larry on where he hid the bodies of several young girls before his appeal goes through. But is the suspected killer telling the truth or just making up a tale?
The upcoming drama is developed, written, and executive produced by Dennis Lehane. The book’s author, James Keene, also serves as an executive producer alongside series lead, Taron Egerton. The limited series has a total of six episodes, with the first two premiering July 8.
Black Bird certainly sounds interesting! And it’s the actors who bring a production to life. So who are the stars of the show?
Black Bird cast
- Taron Egerton as Jimmy Keene
- Ray Liotta as Big Jim Keene, Jimmy’s father
- Paul Walter Hauser as Larry Hall, suspected serial killer
- Greg Kinnear as Brian Miller
- Sepideh Moafi as Lauren McCauley
Portraying Big Jim Keene was Liotta’s last television role before the actor passed away. He died in his sleep on May 26, 2022 at the age of 67. He is best known for his work in the films Goodfellas and Field of Dreams.
Black Bird premieres with the first two episodes on July 8 on Apple TV+, followed by one new episode weekly every Friday through Aug. 5.